TNW 160: Fleets Are the Mullet of Twitter - Twitter's New Fleets, Loon's Financial Trouble, macOS Woes
Play • 1 hr 5 min

Apple's macOS saw some slowdowns earlier this week — what's that all about? Apple also announced plans to reduce its App Store commission from 30% to 15% for small businesses. Loon, the Alphabet company that aims to bring internet to rural areas via balloon, is facing financial struggles. Twitter introduced short, disappearing posts called Fleets that are reminiscent of Instagram and Snapchat stories.

First, Dan Moren of Six Colors joins Jason and Mikah to talk about macOS and Gatekeeper. After some Mac users saw a slowdown on their computers earlier this week, Gatekeeper ended up being at the root of the problem. He also explains Apple's upcoming plans to reduce its App Store commission for small businesses (those that make less than $1 million in a year).

Then, Nick Bastone of The Information stops in to detail Loon's financial woes. The Alphabet-owned company makes internet-connected balloons that aim to bring connectivity to rural areas. It's reportedly running low on funds and looking for other opportunities to keep going.

Lastly, Insider's Palmer Haasch explains Fleets, Twitter's new Instagram-Stories-like feature. How does it compare to the other social stories options? How has Twitter handled harassment? Haasch shares her answers to these questions and more.

Hosts: Jason Howell and Mikah Sargent

Guests: Dan Moren, Nick Bastone, and Palmer Haasch

Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/tech-news-weekly.

Sponsors:

Smart Tech Today (Audio)
Smart Tech Today (Audio)
TWiT
STT 61: Smart Tech at CES 2021 - Rounding up the smartest, most interesting tech announcements from CES 2021.
Rounding up the smartest, most interesting tech announcements from CES 2021. On this episode of Smart Tech Today with Mikah Sargent and Matthew Cassinelli: * Razer's Project Hazel is a high-tech N95 mask for COVID-19 times that looks neat too * The 15 Best Devices From CES That You Can Buy Now * Nine Attention-Grabbing Inventions Unveiled at This Year's CES * A Roundup of the Must-See Gadgets from CES 2021 * CES 2021: From Toilets to Coffee Tables, the Best Smart-Home Gadgets Hide the Tech * Car screens didn't just go big at CES. They went 3D, with game-worthy graphics. * The Best Apple-Related Accessories at CES 2021 * CES 2021: Sony Unveils New 4K and 8K LED TVs With HomeKit and AirPlay 2 * Anker reveals iPhone 12 Magnetic Series accessories and more at CES 2021 * Arlo has a touchless doorbell, too — can't we just update existing ones to do this? * Arlo rolling out HomeKit support for its wired Video Doorbell * Netflix reportedly testing spatial audio support for AirPods Pro and AirPods Max * Philips Hue has a plan for your light switches at CES 2021 * TP-Link adds a doorbell and five other smart home devices at CES 2021 * Every smart home security camera announced at CES 2021 * Google's new 'Guest Mode' makes smart homes more private * VOCOlinc's new Cool Mist humidifier with HomeKit support now available in the US * New Samsung SmartTags find lost Galaxy S21, keys, more * Samsung will update older Galaxy phones to convert them into baby monitors, security devices * PICKS OF THE WEEK-- * Matthew: HomeBridge-Out-of-the-Box System (HOOBS) * Mikah: Satechi Aluminum Desktop Stand for iPad Hosts: Mikah Sargent and Matthew Cassinelli Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today Show notes and links for this episode are available at: https://twit.tv/shows/smart-tech-today/episodes/61 Sponsor: * itpro.tv/smart use code SMART30
1 hr 29 min
This Week in Google (Audio)
This Week in Google (Audio)
TWiT
TWiG 594: Chastity Does Not Come Cheap - Tech reaction to DC insurrection, CES 2021, sea-shanty TikTok
* A look at Sea-shanty TikTok! * How Twitter, YouTube, Parler, Amazon, and AirBnB responded to DC insurrection * Jeff Jarvis talks about Parler and Trump on BBC * Angela Merkel does not agree with Twitter deplatforming Trump * Is Leo missing anything by not being on Twitter? * Mike Masnick weighs in on Twitter's Trump ban * The cybersecurity scenario from the DC riot is a nightmare * The Digital Consumer Electronics Show 2021 is just not the same * TCL shows off its rollable and scrollable prototypes * LG gives a release date for its rollable device * Razer unveils a smart mask that is quite innovative * Android Auto to gain wallpaper support * Guest Mode, aka Incognito Mode, is out on Assistant speakers * Google fixes a bug in its Android COVID-19 API * Google Meet now has a troubleshooting menu * YouTube includes a new hashtag section * Google Maps shows a 2020 Timeline update * Weber has acquired smart oven maker June * WhatsApp exodus leads to spike in users for Signal * Craig Newmark funds Commission on Information Disorder * Former Trump cybersecurity chief Chris Krebs hired by SolarWinds * Github fired an employee for warning co-workers about Nazis * Quibi sold for less than $100M to Roku Picks: * Mathew: My new favorite word * Jeff: $428b in shopping returns * Ant: Tourbox NEO Photo by Kyle Mills on Unsplash Hosts: Leo Laporte, Jeff Jarvis, and Ant Pruitt Guest: Mathew Ingram Download or subscribe to this show at https://twit.tv/shows/this-week-in-google. Sponsor: * itpro.tv/twit promo code TWIT30
1 hr 48 min
Daily Tech News Show
Daily Tech News Show
Tom Merritt
ROUND TABLE - What Section 230 Actually Does
Are Facebook and Twitter protected by a shield that stops them from being responsible for any of their content? We bring on Mike Masnick from TechDirt and Shoshana Weissman from the R Street Institute to talk about what Section 230 is, what it isn’t, and whether it needs to be changed.  SHOW NOTES: Shoshana Weissmann, Senior Manager of Digital Media and a policy Fellow at the R Street Institute. https://senatorshoshana.medium.com/who-am-i-ff164b02707e Mike Masnick, founder and CEO of the Copia Institute and editor of the Techdirt blog. https://www.techdirt.com/user/mmasnick Our discussion isn't a substitute for, nor does it constitute, legal advice. The goal of this discussion is to explore some of the legal issues surrounding CDA 230. The central text of Section 230 https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/47/230 (1) Treatment of publisher or speaker No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider. There is also a section right after that on Civil Liability that offers further protections for taking certain moderation actions.  -- What is Section 230 designed to do? -- What are some of the major misconceptions about Section 230? -- If section 230 were repealed with no replacement, what do you think the effect would be? -- Do you believe Congress should replace 230? If so, with what? If not, why? Mike: -Fix a typo -Reverse FOSTA -Remove intellectual exemption property   See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
31 min
More episodes
Search
Clear search
Close search
Google apps
Main menu